The statement makes perfect sense when its put into context. Former elected (and corrupt)Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych was deposed in a military coup launched by a group which evolved from WWII Nazis and renamed itself. This group enjoyed US support as did Osama bin Laden at one point in our history. This is the factual context of the controversial statement. No one in the western mass media will mention this troubling truth. Its similar to listening to Israel claim its defending itself while it is gobbling up territory. One aspect of the cold war never ended, economic warfare. Russian has dominated its neighbors economically since WWII. The United States has done exactly the same thing, spreading its tentacles around the world more than any other nation. Our presence in the Ukraine is as troubling to Russia as the Russian presence in Cuba is to us.
Note to Corky & Danni: In "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" author John Perkins repeatedly denies the existence of a "conspiracy." Instead, Perkins carefully discusses the role of corporatocracy:
"I was initially recruited while I was in business school back in the late sixties by the National Security Agency, the nation's largest and least understood spy organization; but ultimately I worked for private corporations. The first real economic hit man was back in the early 1950s, Kermit Roosevelt, Jr., the grandson of Teddy, who overthrew the government of Iran, a democratically elected government, Mossadegh's government who was Times magazine person of the year; and he was so successful at doing this without any bloodshed -- well, there was a little bloodshed, but no military intervention, just spending millions of dollars and replaced Mossadegh with the Shah of Iran. At that point, we understood that this idea of economic hit man was an extremely good one. We didn't have to worry about the threat of war with Russia when we did it this way. The problem with that was that Roosevelt was a C.I.A. agent. He was a government employee. Had he been caught, we would have been in a lot of trouble. It would have been very embarrassing. So, at that point, the decision was made to use organizations like the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. to recruit potential economic hit men like me and then send us to work for private consulting companies, engineering firms, construction companies, so that if we were caught, there would be no connection with the government". The name Bechtel comes up repeatedly in Perkins first hand account of his life, a runaway best seller.
This is economic warfare. Naturally the Government maintains plausible deniability throughout events in the Ukraine by using NGOs. But both Russia and the Unites States practice Orwellian double speak. There are only two issues in politics, money and morality. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights focuses on morality. But all that is lost in todays politics where only the money matters. Rethugs often successfully pretend to be concerned about morality on issues such as abortion, but I submit their underlying purpose is to keep poor people trapped in their poor place.